Every child loved playing the game tag as a kid, but for the grown up that is Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell, this whole tag thing is no longer a game.
Because while the rest of the NFL is gearing up for Week 1, Bell and the Steelers continue to play poker.
And neither side has any intentions of folding.
As evidenced by the fact that Bell was yet again absent from Steelers practice—all but assuring he will not play in Sunday’s game against the Browns but, despite his continued absence, the Steelers say they will not rescind Bell’s franchise tag.
The drama reached new heights yesterday when many of Bell’s teammates began criticizing him publicly. Several of his offensive linemen chimed in, a situation that is more or less unprecedented in today’s NFL. After yesterday’s fallout, many began to speculate that the Steelers would either rescind the tag, or look to trade Bell, but that’s not happening.
Despite GM Kevin Colbert’s strongly worded statement and the relentless griping from his teammates yesterday, “he’ll play for the Steelers this year. It’s just a question of when,” says one report. While it was reported yesterday that Bell would almost certainly miss Week 1, it appears for now he still will be suiting up for Pittsburgh this season.
It just seems like that won’t be until as late as Week 10—the latest he can still get credit for the season—and play next season anywhere else.
Either way, it doesn’t sound like this situation will be resolving anytime soon.
Source: Pro Football Rumors